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Editorial Note on Becoming General Liggett’s Aide
On June 5, 1914, Marshall returned to garrison duty at Fort McKinley with Company F. On his year-end efficiency report, his company commander, Captain Williams, wrote of Marshall: “This officer, for his years of service, age and rank, is one of the most completely equipped for military service it has been my lot to observe. He has excellent tactical sense, is keen of perception, prompt to decide and act, attentive to duty, intelligent, a thorough gentleman, devoted to his profession, and quick to take advantage of opportunities for improvement. His bearing is that of a military man and he is temperate. Should the exigencies of active service place him in exalted command I would be glad to serve under him.” (December 31, 1914, NA/RG 94 [Document File].)
On February 25, 1915, Marshall was transferred to Company M, Thirteenth Infantry, and appointed an aide-de camp by the new commander of Fort McKinley, Brigadier General Hunter Liggett. “General Liggett made me his aide in order to prevent my being transferred from Fort McKinley down to the southern end of Batangas Province at Fort Batangas,” Marshall recalled. They had met several years before when Liggett had informally taken the Fort Leavenworth staff officer’s course under Marshall. “I would give him the problem after the class got it. Then I would go over his work after I had the approved solution. He went through the whole course like that and then went to the War College.” (Marshall Interviews, p. 177.)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), pp. 92-93.